The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that provides technical assistance to local farmers, and federal, state, and local governments, as well as non-governmental organizations in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). The agency’s mission in the FSM is to promote the conservation of soil and water resources, to facilitate the technical transfer of natural resource related skills, and to strengthen the capacity of local organizations to work hand-in-hand with their citizens in locally led efforts to maintain productive and resilient lands that sustain their agriculture and agroforestry systems.
The agency works to support the development of a natural resources plan, to provide training, and to implement various agriculture, agroforestry and piggery demonstration projects that address critical natural resource concerns. Priority concerns include the management of animal waste, control of invasive species, composting for soil health, farms and village gardens, agroforestry, and environmental protection to address climate resiliency and food security. NRCS staff help individual farmers with conservation plans to protect and improve the soil resources on their farms, and promote best practices for resource utilization.
The NRCS office in the Federated States of Micronesia is located on Pohnpei, and is supported by the staff of the NRCS Pacific Islands Area offices on Guam (Area Office) and Honolulu (State Office). The Pohnpei Soil and Water Conservation District works closely with the NRCS.
The United States Congress mandates NRCS’s presence in the Federated States of Micronesia through the Compact of Free Association.
For more information, please visit Pacific Islands Area
Rodasio Samuel – Agricultural Conservation Aid
P.O. Box 206
Kolonia, Pohnpei, FM 96941